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If there were a battle over best email snafus, Fox Searchlight might just take the crown.
On Aug. 29, the studio’s publicity team blasted out an email invite to industry VIPs for the Sept. 16 Los Angeles premiere of its new tennis drama, Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. The unidentified sender made the ultimate error by grouping the recipients under “cc” rather than “bcc,” accidentally revealing email addresses of some big names.
The invite list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood and includes names one would expect like power agents (Ari Emanuel of WME and Bryan Lourd of CAA) producers (Michael De Luca, Lauren Shuler Donner, Doug Wick, Lucy Fisher, Charles King, Marc Platt, Adele Romanski) and filmmakers (J.J. Abrams, Damien Chazelle, Darren Aronofsky, Xavier Dolan, Edgar Wright, Davis Guggenheim, Kenneth Lonergan and Lenny Abrahamson).
But then there are others like music industry standouts (Guy Oseary and Russell Simmons), restaurateurs (Hannah An of The District and Akasha Richmond of Culver City’s Akasha), influencers like Emily Schuman (Cupcakes and Cashmere), Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), and hotel and luxury brand reps. It’s the kind of tech mishap that could lead to disciplinary action (read: firing) but Stone might have saved the day by making light of the situation.
“Hey, this is Emma, emailing from Cary’s phone! Hope to see all of you accidentally publicly CC’D industry folk there” joked the Oscar-winning actress, along with an on-set selfie of her and Fukunaga, who is directing her in Netflix’s Maniac.
It’s also the kind of tech mishap that has translated to busy work for assistants all over town. A source tells THR that the emails are being passed around town as eager reps and executives add the coveted addresses to their respective rolodexes.
Meanwhile, emotions seem to have calmed at Searchlight. A rep for the company provided this enthusiastic comment to THR: “Best reply-all ever!” It might also have something to do with Battle of the Sexes‘ reception. Critics are already calling it an ace following its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last weekend. See the review from THR’s Todd McCarthy here.
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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